It's That Time Of Year Again
I was supposed to be at the Coast today. The Jeep continues to require new parts. This time a distributer assembly which is making for hard starts and rough running. Parts just came in today so here's hoping the mechanic can get it going. If he does, and the weather looks like it will improve, I might make the 1000 kilometer trip tomorrow. The highways people are telling us to stay off the roads today, if possible. Probably good advice.
The weather has been problematical: several snow falls requiring plowing in the last couple of days, freezing rain yesterday evening and this morning now turning to snow. Cold days can make for some nice pics.
We have been spending days (weeks) cutting meat.
|Easy to take apart, harder to get together..|
Of course with the Jeep down we had to improvise transport to the shop. Fortunately it was a calf:
We also discovered that half a cow in the trunk of a Ford Focus makes for dicey steering!
Working on a couple of computers for friends. I am installing Linux Mint 12 on them. I am trying to set up "Granny" Machines. Simple trouble free set ups for people that don't want to fiddle with their sets, worry about virus's and can't afford to pay the Micro$oft tax. I repair a lot of computers for people - well actually I spend 99% of my repair time removing virus's and spyware from windows boxes.
The green house isn't doing well these days. The problem I am having is regulating the temperature in the green house. I know it sounds funny, especially nearing winter deep, but I heat it with wood and when the sun does come out, the temperature can soar. I have an automatic fan installed but if it gets hot enough (35c / 95 F) to come on, it causes the fire to back draft, filling the place with smoke. An installation of another fan in parallel at the other end of the green house should take care of that problem. The other problem is the futility of trying to grow cold weather crops, spinach and Brassicas and tomatoes in the same building. Vastly different heating requirements. So, regretfully, that's the last of the tomatoes for a while. Probably March or so. By then it will be time to start the plantings for the outside mini green houses - the tire garden.
We are starting to get seed catalogues in the mail. Jo-Ann refers to them as "Gardner Porn"! And they do encourage some gardening fantasies! Mmm, I can just about taste those new spuds.
Hope your bread falls buttered side up!